LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL: Cars, bikes, dancing, parade – event season far from over

       Following tradition, the Westside hosted several annual festive occasions this summer, and that pace will continue into late summer and early fall.
       Below is a list of annual events coming up from mid-August through early November. See the Pioneer's Westside Happenings (Page 9) for times, contact numbers, costs (if any), and other details.
       Aug. 17 - Good Times Car Show. It will display 400 or more classic cars in Old Colorado City, between 23rd and 27th streets, with Colorado Avenue closed off for the occasion.

The map shows the route for Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge, Cyclists will traverse the Westside-downtown circuit four times. Note how cyclists will be going in both directions on Colorado Avenue.
Courtesy of Colorado Springs Sports Corporation

       Aug. 21 - Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. About 130 international cyclists will start from the Broadmoor Hotel at 12:50 p.m. and ride north on 21st Street to Colorado Avenue. They will then do four 16-mile circuits through the Westside and downtown before a downtown finish.
       The Avenue Merchants (AM) business group has lined up live music - the Springs City Jazz Band with Laura Davis on vocals - to play in Bancroft Park from 1 to 3 p.m. AM members in the park will also hand out merchant coupons during the event.
       The Westside will be tough to drive through from about noon to 4 p.m., with vehicles only allowed to cross (at the discretion of race officials) at the following intersections: 31st and Pikes Peak; 30th and Bijou; 26th and Colorado; 21st and Colorado; 14th and Colorado; and Limit and Colorado. The course will be as shown on the map (this page), with all the streets on the race course closed to cars, including Colorado Avenue from Tejon to 29th Street.
       This is the fourth year of the Challenge in Colorado - the third time the Springs has been a host city. Seven stages in all, the race will conclude in Denver Aug. 24.
       Note: District 11 schools will not have classes that day.
       Sept. 1 - 1800s-style baseball game. With the hay field for a ballpark at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the ranch team will take on the usual “reprobates” from Denver, with all dressed in vintage uniforms. Under loose interpretations of early baseball rules, spectators are allowed to influence umpire's calls and even “field” thrown or batted balls that come their way.
       Sept. 12-14 - Folk Art Festival. Under large tents on the Rock Ledge Ranch hay field, 160-plus crafters from around the country will offer their wares. The event is organized by Old Colorado City's Holly Berry House shop as a major Rock Ledge Ranch fundraiser.
       Sept. 13 - Cemetery Crawl. The location is Fairview Cemetery, 1000 S. 26th St. The Crawl is a guided tour. Attendees will meet volunteer actors attired as historical figures at their gravestones They who will tell the tales of people buried there. The event is organized by the Old Colorado City Historical Society as a society fundraiser.
       Sept. 20 - Intertribal Powwow. The event at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will highlight American Indian culture, including dancers and drummers from the region as well as outlying states.
       Sept. 27 - Coronado High School Homecoming Parade. Starting at 29th Street, revelers, floats and bands from Coronado and its feeder schools will go down the closed-off avenue and into Bancroft Park. Beforehand, in the park, will be the Pancake Breakfast as a parade fundraiser. The parade is organized by Coronado student government.
       Sept. 27 - Carnegie Day Ice Cream Social. Ice cream will be given away outside the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., in honor of Andrew Carnegie, whose donation allowed its construction in 1904.
       Sept. 28 - Harvest in the Park. A fundraiser for Bancroft Park improvements, event details were being finalized at press time, but is expected to have live music and a local farmers market. Organized by the Old Colorado City Foundation (a charitable wing of the Old Colorado City Associates business group), the event will be in Bancroft Park.
       Oct. 4 - Harvest Festival. Rock Ledge Ranch will offer free admission to this event, which will include pumpkin-picking, historic house tours and children's games.
       Oct. 18 - Giant Pumpkin Festival. Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates, the event attracts growers with some of the biggest pumpkins in the state, exceeding 1,000 pounds at times in the past. It will be in the Old Town Plaza, 25th Street and Colorado Avenue.
       Nov. 15 - “Everything But the Oink!” Provided at Rock Ledge will be demonstrations of hog processing, sausage-making, soap-making and other activities associated with 1800s-era farming activities to get ready for winter.

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